International Baccalaureate Programme
The International Baccalaureate is a global community with one mission:
high quality education to create a better world. The IBMYP at McPherson is about creating a community of lifelong learners. At McPherson, the culture of the IBMYP is cultivated throughout the school encouraging caring, nurturing and altruistic qualities within the students and the student body.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
- Mahatma GandhiOne
IB learner profile trait that students focus on is about being reflective. “We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.”
When students reflect, it helps them to understand the emotions that they feel throughout their lives. Reflection will inevitably help them to mature and better themselves as they grow. They gain a better understanding of who they are. When students reflect about what and how they learn, they become open-minded, empathetic, confident, and develop self-respect.
Teachers at McPherson encourage learners to engage in reflection in order to understand that there are different ways of knowing and that it’s important to reflect on their own conclusions which extends learning into higher levels of thinking.
Parents can spend time discussing their child’s strengths and developmental needs. Goals can be set and dialogue about school can take place that reinforces reflection. Talk about shared experiences, like going to a movie, reading a book, attending an event, etc.
Reflection is a key component to Community and Service. Log sheets have guiding questions to help students reflect on their service learning. This is a reminder that 10 hours need to be completed. Please make sure you are keeping up; your service is helping your community become better.